Terwillegar Chatter News

CHATTER groups are for children and teens to help them develop social communication skills, and provide them with opportunities to make friends in the community. Many children registered in this group are diagnosed with autism, however, a specific diagnosis is not required to enter. CHATTER is held at the Terwilligar Recreation Centre on Thursday evenings. Trained peers join the program to help mentor a CHATTER registrant who is learning how to communicate, socialize, and develop relationships. At least one parent or grandparent must attend the program to meet the Speech-Language Pathologist and learn about the goals targeted each week.

Ongoing parent training is provided simultaneously as children attend each session.  Parents meet in a separate room to learn how to target specific skills at home. We are thankful to the young peers (the "friends") who attend every week and make this program a successful learning experience for the CHATTER kids. CHATTER friends participate in role plays and help the registrants generalize skills. 

CHATTER groups are scheduled each Thursday evening from January 18 until June 7 2018. Summary reports provided on June 14, 2018.

5:00-6:00 Group A and B - These groups help young children develop joint attention, symbolic play and expressive language langauge skills.
6:00-7:00 Group C and D  - These groups are for elementary aged children. The groups focus on language development, executive functioning and social cognition.  
7:00-8:00 Group E  - This group is for teens aged 12 years to 15 years.  This program addresses social anxiety, social cognition, and executive functioning skills. 

Chatter Maintenance is for children who no longer require ongoing programming from a speech language pathologist. They continue to meet CHATTER friends each week, and a speech language assistant facilitates the group and continues to target previously learned skills.